Nagpur: Union Minister Nitin Gadkari on Friday said flooding in the city was due to poor planning by various government agencies including the state Department of Works, Nagpur Improvement Trust, MahaMetro, NHAI and NMC. “All these bodies should make sure that the roads they own are not waterlogged,” Gadkari said as he chaired a review meeting on rainwater flooding in many localities and roads. through the city.
“Make a comprehensive proposal for a good new drainage system which should ensure that the city is free from waterlogging. I will try to get funds from central government,” the city MP said while leading the four departments – NIT, PWD, NMC and NHAI – to ensure proper maintenance of their roads, bridges etc.
The meeting was attended by Police Commissioner Amitesh Kumar, Municipal Commissioner Radhakrishnan B, Ramesh Kumar of NDRF, MLCs Pravin Datke and Chandrashekhar Bawankule, MPs Krishna Khopde and Vikas Kumbhare, former Mayor Dayashankar Tiwari, Dabholkar, l personal assistant to Deputy Chief Minister, Engineering Superintendent of Public Works Department V Sardeshmukh.
While expressing his displeasure with the work of NMC’s public works department, Gadkari said the unfinished works are not completed even after the monsoon arrives.
The MLC and former mayor Pravin Datke said citizens are suffering due to the negligence of the city administration. “Many roads and towns are flooded. There is money for projects, but the work has not been completed, which causes difficulties for citizens. Even the cement road phase I project, which started in 2011, is still incomplete in 2022, Datke told Gadkari.
However, NMC officials said the city’s drainage system was old, “and this time the city received more rain, resulting in waterlogging.”
He was also informed during the meeting that various agencies owned the roads in the city and that signs mentioning their agency names were to be posted on the roads. “Even the name and number of contractors who build the roads should be mentioned on these signs,” Datke suggested, which was appreciated by Gadkari.
The minister also ordered no new work to be taken on unless existing infrastructure works are completed. He further instructed NIT to ensure that there is no bottlenecking of the networks under its jurisdiction.
Gadkari also asked officials from relevant departments to inspect areas where water had accumulated and take preventive measures.